Why don't you buy the scarf at the casino's gift shop, and ask for a comp for it.
lol, that's genius.
I don't think any of this would have happened except for the thoughtfulness of the gift. The host appreciated it. Human nature works that way. The gifts I gave were only about $10 total. I like gifts in that range. Spend any more and it looks like you're trying to buy influence, and it detracts from the gift. I was comfortable with that, and I think the host was too.
That suite remindes me. Sometime I'm going to have to use one of those bidets.
Double the gift and you won't need the bidet. Just call the host. :-)
Way over comped maybe or maybe not. My question is.... Does that turn your playing time into plus EV? Are you ahead over the lifetime of your play at that place? Perhaps they would comp that stuff ,tip or no tip.Quote: beachbumbabs
My main host gets a gift of some sort every time I see him. In return, I get comped WAY above my level of play. At least, if their computer offers are indicative of my level, he goes way beyond that with the level of RFB he sets up. I don't see it as a quid pro quo, though, it's more like a continuing thank you for his personalized service and making things break in my favor.
For your host, large scarves (of the right kind) would be a good choice because scarves are completely in fashion right now; it needs to be either an infinity scarf (sewn ends together for looping around the neck) or at least 6 foot long (if she's short) to 8 ft (if she's tall). A print or design that picks up the color of her eyes would be ideal. If it's less than 20-30 dollars, a 2-3" pin of an animal (probably not an elephant, cow, or pig; birds, lions, giraffes, dogs, cats) with or without crystals for 10-15 dollars would complete the gift. Macy's, Ross, TJMaxx, numerous other department stores would have both.
If she's not the type of woman to wear scarves, a good bottle of wine (at store prices, not restaurant) or a cordial could work; Sambuca, Bailey's, Cointreau. But that kind of thing's all around her so it's ok but not great as a gift.
A host is never WAY over comping you as long as the casino has the best of it.
When I tip the host, I make dam sure I'm getting the best of it. Example: I was playing $5 FPDW for about 3 hrs a day(no competition) I received a minimal amount of comps the first few times from the host.
After after my 3rd session and 2 sets of deuces, I decided to give him $50. He told me to go shopping in the gift shop and bring this( $300 credit slip).
The 4th day I Tossed him $150. After that the host was giving me about $700 per day in shopping during my trip, even if I played for just 1hr. I got Gold jewelry, watches, collectibles. He even reimbursed my outside mall shopping in cash, and had the limo take me there. On top of that it was Air fair Full RFB or anything I charged to the room, including in-room movies.
Other hosts were doing the same or better in Reno and Tahoe at the time. The tipping went up as did the shopping amounts. I should have skipped the junk and stuck to gold.
Some hosts would give you 20% of losses per day, but not on table games, at least not for me.
I know guys that are really pushy with hosts and get plenty. I know some people who are timid. Hosts can usually sense how much you know about comps. If they feel they can min comp you they will. If they think you're being greedy and taking advantage they will tighten up not bend.
I still always feel a bit strange asking for more than I know I deserve from hosts especially ones I haven't dealt with much. I`feel like i'm talking to my principal or something. I really dislike the awkwardness of them saying, sorry I can not do that for you right now. It's like getting turned down for a date.
My suggestion. The first time ask for less than you deserve, then Tip your host like $10-$25 at that time, depending on your play and what you ask for and what you want. He/she will usually give you a hint what they are willing to do for you.
Very Good sign, Host: "If there's ANYTHING I can do for you just let me know"
Bad sign, Host " come see me after you are done playing, ill assess your play and see if you're eligible for anything"
The scarf is a perfect idea, I've seen her wear them before.